Cumulative scientific evidence has demonstrated an association between marijuana use and increased suicide rates, especially among young people. In Colorado alone, where suicide is now the #1 cause of death for youths aged 10-18, 41.4% of those individuals had THC in their toxicology reports in 2021, far more than alcohol.… Read the rest
My forever-19-year-old son, Johnny, would have been 23 years old tomorrow, February 7. I was emailing with a friend about it, who also lost her son to suicide and is in the suicide prevention field now. She was recently attending a conference, where someone told her suicide was no longer the #1 cause of death for teens in Colorado as of 2021 — that it was overdose.… Read the rest
Three years ago, on November 20, 2019, my beloved 19-year-old son, Johnny died by suicide after becoming psychotic from dabbing high-potency marijuana wax. We miss him so much.
Every day, I wake up and put on my figurative grief backpack. It used to be very heavy, and it’s gotten easier to bear over the years, but I always wear it.… Read the rest
National Marijuana Facts Week (NMFW) is an annual, week-long, national health observance created by Johnny’s Ambassadors Youth Marijuana Prevention to raise public awareness about the dangers of today’s high-THC marijuana on adolescent brain development, mental illness, and suicidality.
Marijuana and Poor Educational Attainment
Is the following statement FACT or CRAP?
9. Students who use marijuana are more likely to drop out of school.
Young people who use cannabis are at increased risk of poor academic performance and dropping out of school.… Read the rest
A review of the data show there’s cause for alarm
by Libby Stuyt, MD
Correlation does not mean causation, but that is why we do research — to follow correlations in an effort to determine causation. Data linking marijuana use to people with suicidal ideation, attempts, and completed suicides are steadily increasing.… Read the rest
By Jill Perry
In April of 2019, I had the opportunity to travel to Denver with my husband on a business trip. We stayed in a hotel in Lone Tree, CO, and during the week I tried to busy myself while my husband worked.… Read the rest
By Laura Stack
The evidence-based negative effects of cannabis on adolescents are many and varied, especially for young people, and we’ve covered them numerous times in previous blogs. But today, I want to discuss openly a very sensitive topic: THC as it relates to adolescent suicidal ideation and suicide.… Read the rest
By Laura Stack
One of the most common questions that people ask marijuana experts, advocates, and opponents alike is the one posed in the title of this blog: Can marijuana kill you? It’s an excellent question, and during my research for this and other blogs, I’ve read as many articles that concluded “Absolutely not!”… Read the rest